UT Mississauga students call for increased course diversity, academic students’ union

Some UTM students are calling for increased course diversity in light of a decision by university administration to remove HIS367, “Diasporic Canada,” from UTM’s 2014–2015 academic calendar.

In April, the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) created a petition that called on the university to relist the course, investigate the circumstances that led to its removal, and introduce more diverse courses at UTM. As of press time, the petition had 280 signatures.

In a written response to the petition, Amy Mullin, UTM vice-principal academic and dean, along with professors Shafique Virani and Andreas Bendlin of the Department of Historical Studies, reassured students that the course is on rotation for the year and is not cancelled.
Hassan Havili, UTMSU president, and Walied Khogali, UTMSU executive director, maintained that the decision reflects a lack of course diversity. Without an academic-focused students’ union at UTM, the academic needs of UTM students are not adequately represented, Havili and Khogali said…